What are museums like?

Describe them.


See them all here: https://museumhack.com/museums-in-nyc/

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Step 1: Introduce the Daily Objective

By the end of this class, students should be able to find and give some basic info about 1 (or more) museums in NYC.

Step 2: Question(s) of the day

BEFORE seeing the unique and exciting museums that New York has to offer, find out what students think of when they hear about a museum.

Have them describe a museum with 3 words (and then have novice highs and intermediates explain their responses). What impression do you get? Are their responses more positive or negative?

Every museum is a little different. You can see and do a huge variety of things in a museum. 

How many are there in NYC? (ask them to guess)

Hover over the black box to see the correct answer!  



Explain there are great museums all around the world. Any big city they visit most likely has a variety of museums to explore! Does anyone have a favorite? Have they been to any museums on field trips? 

Watch the video to see the best in the world! 

Step 3: Research Setup

Give each student the handout so they can gather information about 1 (or more) museum. 

OPTION 1: Put them in a group of 3-4. Each person becomes the expert and explores just one museum. Tomorrow, they come together to share what they found and compare their NYC museums.

OPTION 2: Let them research several museums on their own to see a variety and make their own comparisons during tomorrow’s lesson. 

Either let them explore museum here: https://museumhack.com/museums-in-nyc/

or let them start by reading an article highlighting the best museums in NYC. 

(Note: one very talked about NYC museum is the Museum of Sex which you will want to steer kids away from in class.)

You can choose to assign museums OR let them choose which one they want to investigate. If your students are LESS interested in the idea of museums, you may want to let them choose or lead them to ones they would like. Recommend the Yankee Stadium museum to your athlete, the Museum of Illusions to the selfie star, etc. 

NOTE: many of the museums have free virtual visits right now (due to COVID) so they may be able to “tour” them in class! 


Here are links to some of our favorite NYC museums if you want to preview the websites OR do a recap of one or two at the end of class.


Step 4: Independent Work Time

Let them scan the QR codes to watch a video and see what the museum is like and later explore the website. This will help them find the information they need to fill out the graphic organizer. 

They may have questions about how to find information for their form. Help them figure out the answer themselves instead of tell the answer. “Where do you think you would find this info if you were searching in English?” It’s good for them to think!  

Tomorrow they will use their graphic organizer to share about their museum and make comparisons.

Check for Learning

Refer back to the daily objective. Can they give you basic info about their museum at their proficiency target?

You can have them tell you about the museum, write about it on an exit slip, or post on class site.

Mark their “Objective Sheets” if they can do it at their proficiency target.

If they are using the “Unit Vocabulary Sheet,” give them time to write down what they learned today.


Extension Ideas

1.) Have them investigate and find 3 interesting museums in their city/state or country. 

Would they like to visit them? How do these museums compare to the ones in NYC?

2.) Reflect: What museums have they visited in the past? What were those experiences like?

How have museums changed since they were a kid?


3.) Dig in: How much did it cost to open their favorite museums? What are the contents worth? How much revenue do they bring in each year?  

4.) Remind them to be working on their experiences.

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